Final weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix was the primary ever dash weekend for MotoGP, with a half-distance race happening on Saturday to go with Sunday’s conventional full-length contest.
The addition of sprints has led to a change within the weekend format, with two practices happening on Friday, qualifying on Saturday morning and the dash later that day.
Bagnaia received each the dash and the grand prix on the Algarve monitor and felt the schedule final weekend wasn’t too bodily demanding for him.
Nonetheless, he admitted Saturday left him “mentally” drained and feels the bodily nature of some tracks on the calendar would require the full-length grand prix to have its distance diminished barely.
“For certain the brand new schedule is completely different and it was the primary one, so everybody was a bit extra pressured for it,” Bagnaia stated.
“In any case, proper now I’m not so drained, however sincerely mentally yesterday I used to be as a result of it was a really lengthy day.
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Crew
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“For those who get on the entrance row, you might have plenty of media issues to do earlier than going to eat or getting ready for the dash race. It’s one thing completely different and now we have to all adapt to it as a result of it’s like this now.
“For certain, in some circuits we actually need to ask to scale back the grand prix, as a result of I believe this monitor shouldn’t be so demanding bodily, however a circuit like Mugello, like Austin are. So, perhaps for these circuits now we have to make some modifications.”
Sprints will happen at each grand prix this season, for a complete of 42 races throughout the 2023 marketing campaign value a mixed 777 factors.
The brand new dash race drew a combined reception from riders, with some – notably 2021 world champion Fabio Quartararo – sad with the aggression ranges the 12-lap sprint led to.
Nonetheless, numerous riders argued that the aggression ranges weren’t a lot completely different to these seen within the grand prix.
Quite a few riders had been additionally involved in regards to the new Friday format, with some cautious that having a one-hour FP2 beginning at 3pm native time could possibly be problematic at colder venues – notably if there are any prolonged stoppages, as was the case in Portugal.